Legally Blonde (musical) is a story based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name about soroity girl Elle Woods who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner, discovering how her knowledge of the law can help others, and successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial.
It received seven Tony nominations and ten Drama Desk nominations, however failing to win any. The West End production opened in January 2010 at the Savoy Theatre. The West End production was nominated for five Laurence Olivier Awards and won three, including the Best New Musical award.
Like the musical itself, which received mixed reviews but was praised for being a fun and upbeat production, the London recording is just alright for me; nothing really special. I mean the movie itself is not considered a film and the recording follows its footsteps, while everything revolves around the tune of “Omigod You Guys,” or is it because it is too pink for a guy? I actually believe that it’s more pink than the movie itself. One thing’s for sure, however, it is pure fun (and pink). Like what Quentin Letts wrote for Daily Mail, “It is pink not just in the colour of many of the clothes and stage effects. It is pink to the core of its little, tiny soul … The plot is pap, the musical unmemorable…”
Jeremy McCarter in New York Magazine wrote that the musical unfortunately “doesn’t summon memories of Tracy Flick, the steely student-council campaigner that Reese Witherspoon played in Election before starring in Legally Blonde. For me, Reese Witherspoon is the only “legal/legitimate” blonde.
PS: It’s cool to know that Duncan James from the boyband Blue is the one singing for Warner’s harcter in the recording.